Torill and Anders and Jon all respond to Mark’s lament for our blog cluster that I wrote about yesterday. I particularly like Torill’s point that while we then needed to build strong connections with other fresh researchers in our field, we can now trust those bonds and spread out to explore very different things.
I completely disagree that comments are killing community. Look at Grand Text Auto, for instance, where the lively discussions in the comments and between posters are such wonderful examples of how vital the field of cybertext, hypertext, games and questioning new media is. I certainly expand and change my reading of blogs based on interesting comments in my own and in others’ blogs. I suppose comments lower the threshold, allowing new voices to enter a community (if “a” community in singular is the right term)